Challenges and Perspectives for the Eastern Partnership
Challenges and Perspectives for the Eastern Partnership

The EU must do more to support reforms and overcome the veto power of vested interests

by Martin Sieg | Eastern Europe, Eastern Partnership

When the EU launched its Eastern Partnership to support such post-Soviet countries as Ukraine and Moldova, the prospect of geopolitical conflict with Russia seemed quite distant. Today, faced with the partnership’s patent shortcomings, the EU must choose between either scaling down its objectives or ramping up its means. Martin Sieg takes stock of the initiative and argues that the EU must go beyond just supporting reforms in EaP countries. It must effectively take co-responsibility for them.

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Greece: A Clear Roadmap for Debt Relief is Needed
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American president-elect Donald Trump may succeed where previous presidents have failed – he might create a close working relationship with Russia. But this friendship is built on a foundation of shared contempt for international norms, and is anything but stable.

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EU-Turkey Relations after the Coup

Brussels Briefing with Asli Aydintaşbaş, Andreas Nick, Patrick Paquet, and Günter Seufert

Turkey, European Union

On November 9, the European Commission published its 2016 Progress Report on the status of the enlargement process with Turkey, including an assessment of the country’s process of political reform. The next day Patrick Paquet presented the report results at the DGAP and discussed with panelists the state of EU-Turkey relations in light of the developments after July’s attempted military coup in Turkey, the EU-Turkey Agreement on Refugees, and Turkey’s role as regional actor.

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